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Vice-Chancellor schedule of visits

The Vice-Chancellor is taking part in a regular series of informal visits to departments across the University in 2014/15.

What can the Twitter storm over Benefits Street teach us?

A new research project involving researchers from our Department of Psychology will investigate how social media can play its part in both inciting discrimination against and building understanding of marginalised communities.

Graduate Olver takes silver at Glasgow

Heather Olver has collected a silver medal for helping England to second place in the team badminton

Aki Salo recognised for contribution to biomechanics in sports

Dr Aki Salo, from our Department for Health, was recently made a Fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS), “the organisation that is closest to his heart”.

Elena Kidd describes being Gorbachev’s interpreter: Guardian

Elena Kidd, course director of our MA interpreting & translating programme, was interviewed by the Guardian for an article titled: “A word in your ear: the interpreters who speak for world leaders”.

Funding boost for green energy storage

A new research consortium involving Professor Saiful Islam of our Department of Chemistry has been awarded £3.9 million by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) that will set the direction and development of research and technologies in energy storage.

Commonwealth Games nationalist rush unlikely to last

Dr Michael Silk, a specialist in media sport and identity politics here at the University, writes about the potential influence the Commonwealth Games might have on the Scottish ‘yes’ campaign.

Bath athletes strike gold at Glasgow 2014

Commonwealth Games medals to date: 4 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze. Go Team Bath!

Sustainable Chemical Technologies Summer Showcase is ’spot on’

Sustainability consultant Dr Andy Wells said: “I thought it was another great event – world class science and the quality of presentations and posters was absolutely spot on.”

Interpreting and translation networks to boost routes into languages

We brought together two important national networks for interpreting and translation to discuss how best language learning can be supported in the UK.

Gifted young people experience life on campus

Over 70 young people from all over the country, who had been identified by their school or college as academically gifted and likely to progress to a top university, took part in our 3-day residential Uni Taster on campus from 14–16 July.

Meeting with the Pope to discuss ‘Global Common Good’

Séverine Deneulin from SPS attended a recent meeting with the Pope to discuss how to create a fairer global economy.

Teachers take sustainable energy research to pupils

Secondary school teachers from as far afield as Thailand are spending the week at the University to learn about the science behind sustainable energies such as solar power and biofuels.

Improving elite sports performance

Our research on technique and performance in sprinting and hurdling is helping athletes win medals

Does Team Scotland’s performance matter for Yes campaign?

The Commonwealth Games kick off tonight but for host nation Scotland they could have an important role to play outside of the sporting arena in the run up to September’s much-anticipated independence referendum.

Vice-Chancellor visits staff in LTEO

“The high levels of commitment, innovation and professionalism in this office are clear for all to see.”

New research to help develop tougher commercial glass using high pressures

Recent findings from researchers in our Department of Physics provide a structural map of oxide glasses and liquids that will help in the development of new tougher, high pressure hardened commercial glasses.

Addressing societal challenges with Ohio State

Dr Svenja Tams from our School of Management recently hosted Dr Liz Sanders from The Ohio State University which provided the opportunity to pilot co-design methodologies as part of a research project on ‘Engaging Customers and Communities in Sustainable Water Use’.

Team Bath Racing success at Silverstone

After three days of hard fought competition and an impressive performance, Team Bath Racing achieved its best result in five years.

First bilateral Bath-Nanyang symposium

The first bilateral symposium Common themes in Chemistry took place between ourselves and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, earlier this month.

Why are icebergs noisy?

Dr Philippe Blondel is in the North Pole investigating the underwater noise made by icebergs & glaciers when they melt.

PhD students’ success in national “I’m a Scientist…”

Three PhD students from CSCT survived elimination until the final round of the national science communication competition, “I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here”.

Bath professor elected President of RSC Education Division

Professor Gareth Price from the Department of Chemistry has taken office as President of the Education Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Michael Silk on Sky News: Glasgow Games & Scottish Referendum

Watch Dr Michael Silk’s recent Sky News interview ahead of Wednesday’s Opening Ceremony.

New collaboration will encourage older people to get more active

A new Health Integration Team (HIT), involving researchers from our University, has been given the go ahead to improve activity and health in later life for local people.

Year 11 pupils welcomed for a week-long summer school

The annual Year 11 summer school, led by the Widening Participation Office, sees 45 pupils from across the South West seize the opportunity to experience a taste of university life and study.

£1.4M boost for new chemistry equipment

Our Department of Chemistry has been awarded £1.1M by EPSRC for major new state-of-the-art equipment that will become part of the portfolio of the Faculty of Science’s new Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF).

Mike Silk talks about Glasgow Games & Scottish Referendum

Will pro-independence politicians try to benefit from the Glasgow Games and the national pride they will generate?

IT services/MPS unavailable or ‘at risk’: 5pm Fri – 9am Mon

Some IT services will be unavailable from 5pm Friday 19 July until 9am Monday 22 July 2014; we need to switch off the power to one of the University’s data-centres to upgrade the cooling and power systems in preparation for new High Performance Computing facilities.

ICIA partner – Bath Dance – awarded £67k from Arts Council

The new funding will assist Bath Dance to host the prestigious South West Regional Youth Dance Platform at our new Centre for the Arts in 2016.

John Troyer comments on Assisted Dying Bill

Peers in the House of Lords are debating Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill, when it receives its Second Reading.

When an act of war may still be an accident

David Galbreath analyses the developing situation surrounding the Malaysian Airlines crash

Elec Eng graduate wins first prize at UK Algae Conference

Ben Sherwood, who graduated with an MEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering this summer, won first place with his final-year project poster, titled ‘Effect of (C0 2)-nanobubbles & flashing light on the growth of algae’.

Fasting diet could make you more susceptible to infection

New research from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry suggests that anti-aging treatments such as taking anti-oxidants or the intermittent fasting, “5:2″ diet may in the long term affect the immune system, making people less able to fight infection.

Professor Jane Millar recognised by British Academy

The outstanding social policy research of Professor Jane Millar OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University, sees her elected today, Thursday 17 July, as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Top prize for young Pharmacy and Pharmacology scientist

Dr Joanna Swarbrick, a Research Associate from our Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, has been awarded the Wiley ChemBioChem Journal prize for the best oral presentation by a young scientist.

GW4 in action: BBC Bristol interview about pacemaker research

BBC Radio Bristol interview on how our collaboration with Bristol is helping develop the next generation pacemaker

HSS research students showcase their projects

Students and staff from across the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences recently attended a postgraduate research showcase.

Bath student selected to row at World under-23s

21-year-old Sport & Exercise Science student Sam Courty has been named in the Great Britain team to compete at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Italy later this month.

Bath leads launch of UNet to widen access to higher education

Bath is one of five leading universities setting up a new consortium designed to promote fair access to higher education for all social groups.

Volunteers needed for research to control blood sugar levels

Our Department for Health is seeking local people who have problems controlling their blood sugar levels to take part in a research study to examine the benefits of making small lifestyle changes.

Pentathlon pair win bronze at European Championships

Two Bath students, Sam Curry (Politics & International Relations) and Tom Toolis (Sport & Exercise Science), made sure Britain’s campaign at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships ended on a high note by winning bronze in the men’s relay in Hungary yesterday.

CBT lessons in primary school reduce anxiety in children

Introducing lessons in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in primary schools would significantly reduce anxiety levels among 9 – 10 year olds.

Mech Eng graduate awarded first Embleton Innovation Bursary

Launching an engineering venture takes determination, time and money, but our recent graduates are getting a boost, thanks to a series of new bursaries provided by the University’s alumni and friends.

Road closures near the Quads: Tue 15 Jul

Bath prof chairs climate change committee

Geoff Hammond is Chair of the new British Standards Institution (BSI) Climate Change Strategy Committee

Centre for the Arts starts to look like the real thing!

The new ICIA building is well on the way to being watertight; check out the blog to see photos and a progress report.

Stronger contact with previous carers would help foster children

An article in The Conversation by Justin Rogers, one of our Lecturers in Social Work, about the disadvantages of foster care in terms of giving a child a sense of belonging.

School pupils from across country spend a week at University

The University is hosting a week-long summer school from 7-11 July, for 48 Year 12 students from across the country, to give them an opportunity to discover more about science, engineering and university life.

Podcast: Policy communications and elite networks

In his inaugural lecture, titled ‘Disembedded elites? Policy communications and the transformation of elite networks’, Professor David Miller reviewed the main writing on ‘power elites’ in the tradition of power structure research and asked what’s changed with the advent of neoliberalism?

Bath athletes can’t wait to compete at Glasgow 2014

As the countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games continues, 70 athletes with University of Bath links say they can’t wait to compete at the Games.

Students’ Union wins Equality & Diversity Award

Our Students’ Union was awarded the Equality & Diversity Award at the 2014 NUS Awards in Bolton, as well as being shortlisted for HE Students’ Union of the Year.

Space weather monitored on UK’s pilot CubeSat mission

The UK’s first cube satellite, UKube-1, will monitor space weather in the plasmasphere for the first time

Bad social policy, not ideology, blamed for Arab world’s downward spiral

Dr Rana Jawad, a lecturer in social policy here at the University, writes about Middle Eastern politics and the downward spiral of the Arab world.

Bath lecturer elected head of global maths organisation

Dr Geoff Smith MBE, Senior Lecturer from our Department of Mathematical Sciences has been elected to lead the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the annual world championship of school mathematics, held this year in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3-13 July.

Welcome to Dr Marjorie Gibbon, new Research Associate

Dr Marjorie Gibbon has been appointed a Research Associate in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry.

Volunteers needed for new study into the danger of prolonged sitting on health

Researchers want participants for a new study into the health impacts of prolonged sitting and the best way to counter these.

University ‘superbug’ paper makes front cover

Research from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry into Clostridium difficile – the ‘superbug’ bacterial infection that affects the digestive system – has made the front cover of the journal Acta Crystallographica- section D, Biological crystallography.

First cohort of Doctoral Training Centre students graduate

Congratulations to all of the PhD students from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies 2009 cohort who have taken part in the summer graduation ceremonies.

Host of VIPs at Chancellor’s Dinner

HRH was joined by leading figures from industry, sports, the local community & charitable foundations

European accreditation for Bath Computer Science degrees

We are the first university in the country to be given European accreditation for our computer science degree programmes.

Glasgow 2014 update: 70 Bath athletes selected

Some 70 athletes with University of Bath links have now been selected to compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – including 13 current students and 20 alumni.

Podcast: Taming the Somerset Levels

In this podcast, archaeologist and historian, Dr Richard Brunning, explores how the present day landscape of the Somerset Levels was largely created and ‘tamed’ in the early medieval period after the Roman conquest.

Understanding ‘attention deficit’ in dyslexics could help improve reading

New research into ‘attention deficits’ in adults with dyslexia may help develop new techniques for reading and writing.

First colloquium on Innovation in Modern Languages Education

During the event there were two keynotes from leading scholars, as well as presentations from students and teachers on the topics of employability, innovative assessment and student engagement.

Headstart pupils learn more about Chemical Engineering

Thirty sixth-form pupils from across the country visited the Department of Chemical Engineering last week to get a taste of what it is like to study chemical engineering and what exciting career opportunities a degree might lead to.

PS Bath 2014 – Help for UCAS applicants

Working with Bath Spa University, we are running workshops to give local UCAS applicants expert advice on writing their personal statements.

Keeping active pays off even in your 70s and 80s

Older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency, new research finds.

VC visits Department for Health

“Your contribution to new teaching programmes, working with other disciplines, is exemplary.”

Podcast: What is wrong with knee replacement?

Professor Richie Gill’s inaugural lecture explores the challenges of knee replacement operations for both current and future healthcare systems, and the research being done to overcome them.

Nartey set for Glasgow 2014 following injury scare

Team Bath judo player Emmanuel Nartey has confirmed he will be in action at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, despite injuring an ankle at the African Judo Championships in Mauritius at the weekend.

Distance learning students descend for campus residentials

The Faculty of Engineering & Design’s trial of holding residentials for all three of its Distance Learning programmes in the same week and in the same building was a great success.

Entreprenurial graduate to compile coast-to-coast wheelchair travel guide

A Business Administration student who will graduate from the University of Bath on Wednesday 2 July, is preparing for a road trip across the United States of America to create a coast-to-coast travel guide for wheelchair users.

Honorary degree for folding Brompton Bicycle inventor

The designer of the famous folding Brompton Bicycle, Andrew Ritchie MBE will be presented with an honorary degree on Tuesday 1 July at Bath Abbey by the University of Bath’s new Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex.

Watch graduation ceremonies live-streamed

We are live-streaming the graduation ceremonies so that friends and relatives from around the world can enjoy the celebrations.

Trading experiment: Earn £5 & a chance to win up to £70

What makes good investors tick? This research is being conducted jointly between the School of Management, the Department of Psychology and our industry partner, CheckRisk.

New podcast – Pain: what you get is what you expect

Dr Katja Wiech, from our Centre for Pain Research, talks about her research into how expectations can influence the outcome of pain treatment.

Promiscuous males die young, childless females live longer

A study of birds by researchers from our Biodiversity Lab shows for the first time how sexual behaviour is linked with life expectancy and can cause an imbalance in sex ratios.

Hemp-lime construction panels on test at University’s new Building Research Park

New research facility tests hemp lime construction techniques

Who are we giving honorary degrees to this week?

Our honorary graduates come from all walks of life and have made significant contributions in their field.